6 tons of cherries comes to Southside Farmers market

Photo of Daniel Peterson, 'The Cherry Man'

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) ‘The Cherry Man’ came to Fort Wayne Saturday for a one day only to sell his fresh from the orchard frozen, pitted, sour pie cherries. Every year, Daniel Peterson with the Peterson Family Cherry Orchard near New Albany in southern Indiana, brings the cherries to Fort Wayne’s Historic Southside Farmers Market Saturday.

For the past 15-20 years Daniel Peterson, known as ‘The Cherry Man’, has been delivering the farm’s cherries to the Historic Southside Farmers market for a one day only sale. The market opens at 7 a.m. when people start lining up and wrapping around in loops. The cherries start selling at 8:30 a.m. and are expected to sell out in less than two hours.cherries

Despite the cold winter, Daniel Peterson reports the 2014 harvest has been a good one. There are about 1,000 cherry trees that cover the farm’s 30 acres. The farm produced about 50,000- 60,000 pounds of fruit this year, the Cherry Man is bringing 12,000 pounds of that to Fort Wayne.

The cherries are sold in 30 pound pails that sell for $49 dollars a pail. The cherries are packed under a layer of sugar, which forms an air seal to preserve the freshness and color. The cherries are also frozen to

The Southside farmers Market is at 3300 South Warsaw Street, two miles south of downtown. There is a $4 off coupon that can be found online at the Facebook page for the Historic Southside Farmers market. 



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